When you have a little free time, nothing beats escaping to the countryside and going on an adventure!
A fun pastime that can be enjoyed alone or as part of a group, hiking allows you to take in breathtaking views, smell the fresh air and really appreciate nature along the way.
Suitable for all fitness types, ages and abilities, hiking provides a great workout that you can take at your own pace and has many health benefits.
Wherever you to choose to hike, it’s likely you’ll come across all manner of obstacles and terrains including mud, clay and dirt which can leave your hiking gear stained.
Read on for our guide on what to expect from the various hiking terrains and how to remove the stains you’ll likely pick up along the way with Vanish.
Preparing for your hike
When embarking on a hike it’s important to have the right equipment to hand and to wear suitable clothing that’s lightweight, yet durable.
A good rucksack along with a sturdy pair of hiking boots is a must; while waterproofs will keep you dry should you face adverse weather conditions. Layer up with breathable fabrics and if hiking in winter ensure you have a fleece jacket, warm trousers and a change of clothes.
Different types of hiking terrains
With trails and climbs of varying difficulty to choose from, hiking can be as laid back or as challenging as you’d like – but always with the possibility of stains.
- Flat or very gently rolling terrain
Best suited to beginners or those who would prefer a leisurely hike, flat or gently rolling terrain doesn’t incorporate any climbs. Whether running alongside a river or lake or through fields, expect to be surrounded by grass, mud or woodland.
- Moderately hilly terrain
Usually formed from grass, clay or concrete, moderately hilly terrain can be as firm as it is steep. Perfect for those who like their hikes with a view, expect to come away from hilly terrain with dirt, dust and mud stains.
- Steep hills
Not for the faint hearted, steep hills often mean scrambles to the summit. Whether on clay, stone and rubble or snow and ice, high ridge walks come in many varieties. Whatever surfaces your steep hill trail incorporates you’re guaranteed to get your hands dirty ensuring you make it to the top!
Treating common hiking stains
As with many outdoor activities, hiking is likely to leave quite the impression on your clothes. Whether that’s from jumping across puddles, walking through mud or scrambling up a cliff face, stains are proof of your adventure. Thankfully the most common hiking stains are easy to treat with the right products like Vanish.
For tough mud stains mix ¼ scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder with ¾ scoop of warm water until you get a paste. Rub the mixture onto both sides of your stain and leave for up to five minutes before washing garments as usual. Add a scoop of Vanish into your wash to ensure perfect results.
To get out grass and dirt stains, turn your hiking gear inside out and rinse the stains with cold water. Try Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Gel to get rid of those tough hiking stains. Fill the Vanish dosing pod with 20ml of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel, simply rub the gel onto your stain. Leave to soak for 10 minutes before washing as normal with a further 60ml of gel.
Wherever you choose to go on a hiking adventure make sure you’re fully prepared by following the tips mentioned above, but most importantly, make sure you enjoy yourself. Thanks to Vanish, stains should be the least of your worries.